Amy Culver - The Queen Of Lean

12/29/12
Holiday stress

12/15/12
Holiday season isn't all just about food

12/01/12
Plan ahead to stay on the right track

11/17/12
Prioritize this Thanksgiving

11/03/12
Choose treats wisely during the holidays

10/20/12
Starting a weightlifting routine

10/06/12
Healthy body has right signs

09/22/12
You need a livable food plan

09/08/12
Tailor your food according to needs

08/25/12
Plan strategies for when life gets hectic

08/11/12
Traveling can challenge eating habits

07/28/12
Parenting your own inner spoiled child

07/14/12
Long-term motives create long-lasting results

06/30/12
Interval training works for anyone

06/16/12
Check ingredients when eating out

06/02/12
Get out of the house for your workout

05/19/12
Lack of sleep may lead to weight gain

05/05/12
Cooking extra saves time and calories

04/21/12
Even small changes can make an impact

04/07/12
Swimming is a good
all-around exercise

03/24/12
Don't let slip-ups destroy your plan

03/10/12
Make your lifestyle and health compatible

02/25/12
A little exercise can yield big results

02/11/12
Food plans can help you eat right

01/28/12
Moderation is weight-loss key

01/14/12
Give your weight-loss plan time

12/31/11
Combat post-holiday blues with activity

12/17/11
Choose holiday calories carefully

12/03/11
Good kitchen tools make life easier

11/19/11
Enjoy feast in moderation

11/05/11
Start planning holiday meals now

10/22/11
Don't buy Halloween candy too early

10/08/11
Theaters offer healthy snacks

09/24/11:
Try to avoid evening snacking

09/10/11:
Tips to stave off hunger pangs

08/27/11:
Stuck?  Reassess your routine

08/13/11:
Avoid peaks and valleys in diet

07/30/11:
Measure size of food portion to help tip scale in your favor

07/16/11:
Learn to love being thin

07/02/11:
Change your lifestyle; don't just diet

06/18/11:
Fruity thoughts to keep fit

06/04/11:
Water can ease cravings

05/21/11:
Working a pool into your exercise routine

05/07/11:
Stay focused, move forward

04/23/11:
Delay caving to craving

04/09/11:
Review of daily plan should include diet & activities

03/26/11:
Holidays are never-ending

03/12/11:
Measuring food is key to weight loss

02/26/11:
Food-logging can help in weight loss

02/12/11:
Find ways to make exercise fun

01/29/11:
Reserve time for your exercise program

01/15/11:
Substitutions for your holiday treats

01/01/11:
Moderation is key to good diet

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Long-term motives create long lasting results

Some motivations for weight loss are short term, such as a wedding, a class reunion or a vacation.  These types of motivators are pretty powerful and usually afford great success.  However, being short term, when the event is over, we usually go back to our normal habits and gain back all the weight lost, and often more.  Long-term motivations have less immediate pressure, so they usually don't provide quick results, but they are much more likely to provide lasting ones.

Staying strong and healthy in order to have an active life is one example.  It's nice to be one of the people having fun rather than watching from the sidelines.  Make a list of things you enjoy doing that are active and place it in a prominent location as a reminder of why you want to exercise and eat well. 

It's also nice to have the independence of being able to do things on your own.  For example, healthy living preserves your eyesight for driving.  Regular exercise and good nutrition also helps preserve brain function.

Being able to help others in my family has been a strong motivator for me.  A large part of my weight-loss journey occurred while I was a caregiver for my mother, during the last few months of her life.  I quickly learned that in order to have the strength and energy to care for others, I needed to take care of myself first.

Medical costs are a big concern as we age.  The cost of a gym membership, personal trainer or buying healthy foods might seem excessive, but when compared to prescription drugs, surgery or long term health care, they become much more affordable.

It is never too soon to consider these motivators, nor too late to make changes that will make a difference.